Barrio Queen in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card
The Spot: Barrio Queen
Kate Crowley Margaritas on special during Barrio Queen's happy hour.
7114 E Stetson Dr Scottsdale
The Hours: Happy hour is available Monday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The long and lean building is packed with the funk you expect from the Barrio brand. Luxurious fabrics, colorful lighting and great local art make the place eclectic, but at home in old town Scottsdale.
We arrived after work, just after 5 p.m., enough time to have happy hour while other early diners ate dinner.
Kate Crowley The happy hour menu at Barrio Queen.
There are four appetizers from the regular menu available at just $5 during happy hour: Elote vasito, green chile papas, carnitas chile verde and huitlacoche quesadillas. Chef's choice tacos are two for $3 during happy hour. Our server also brought chips and salsa at no additional charge. Plus, happy hour is available throughout the whole restaurant, not just the bar area.
The chef's choice tacos didn't fit our appetite, so we tried the huitlacoche quesadillas and carnitas chile verde. The quesadillas were small in portion, (there are three petite quesadillas) but big in flavor. Filled with mushrooms, shallots, garlic and Oaxaca cheese, they were a tad salty, but delicious and equally savory. We could have used a little more cheese, but the mushrooms really made the dish.
The carnitas chile verde could serve four people! Served with a mountain of tortilla chips, it's a bowl of slow cooked, orange rind and Coca Cola marinated pork, topped with green chile sauce, Oaxaca cheese, onions and cilantro. Delicious in words as well. The broth of everything mixed together was better in some bites than the actual pork. The dish was lovely as a whole, but the pork was a little fatty for some at the table. That aside, this dish is a bargain at $5. The fresh herbs and chips make it the perfect compliment to almost any beverage for happy hour. The carnitas chile verde shows off what Barrio Queen is all about and it still a unique crowd-pleasing dish.